Koji Suzuki was born in 1957 in Hamamatsu, southwest of Tokyo. He attended Keio University where he majored in French. After graduating he held numerous odd jobs, including a stint as a cram school teacher. Also a self-described jock, he holds a first-class yachting license and crossed the U.S., from Key West to Los Angeles, on his motorcycle.The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, The Little Sod Diaries by the crime novelist Simon Brett.In 1990, Suzuki's first full-length work, Paradise won the Japanese Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career as a fiction writer. Ring, written with a baby on his lap, catapulted him to fame, and the multi-million selling sequels Spiral and Loop cemented his reputation as a world-class talent. Often called the "Stephen King of Japan," Suzuki has played a crucial role in establishing mainstream credentials for horror novels in his country. He is based in Tokyo but loves to travel, often in the United States. Birthday is his sixth novel to appear in English.
Suzuki wrote The Ring (Ringu), which inspired highly successful Japanese and American film versions, and this anthology of subtly disturbing horror stories shows why he's known as the "Stephen King of Japan." The title story, which has been adapted into a forthcoming English-language movie starring Jennifer Connelly, uses the title as a metaphor for the darkness within the human psyche. And while many manga center on teenagers, this volume primarily features adults, whom Meimu gives subtly dramatic facial expressions. The title story is a twist on a classic haunted house theme; it finds a single mother living in a modern apartment building as she re-enacts the behavior of a previous resident, another single mother suspected of murdering her daughter. The next tale, "Island Cruise," questions whether an older, wealthy couple or an idealistic young man more clearly perceives reality when the older man claims to see a child's corpse in the water. In the weakest tale, "Adrift," pretty girls in bikinis fall victim to a strange creature in a bottle. In the last, best yarn, "Forest Beneath the Waves," a man experiencing a midlife crisis embarks on an adventure, only to get trapped in a cave, but not without leaving his son an important message. Suzuki and Meimu economize on mood and pacing to convey the quiet psychological terror of these tales. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"An excellent short story collection... The stories are not easily
classifiable, verring between fantasy, horror, and mystery, but I
can guarantee the level of suspense will give your heart a good
workout." - The New York Sun
"Suzuki is called the Stephen King of his country, but that's not really accurate; King isn't nearly as adept at creating complex characters, explaining scientific principles or writing the kind of dialogue that might actually be spoken by humans." - Las Vegas Mercury